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Softball starts 4-0 with romps over Transylvania, Knox

Caroline Gattuso '13 recorded her first career shutout, striking out six batters in Bates' 12-0 win over Knox College. (File photo)

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Bates softball team is now 4-0 after defeating Transylvania University 10-3 and beating Knox College 12-0 Friday evening at the National Training Center Tournament. Prior to this season, Bates' best start after four games since 1997 was a 3-1 start in 1997.

Game 1 Recap: Bates 10, Transylania 3

Box Score

Bates wound up romping over Transylvania in a Jekyll-and-Hyde affair that was tied 0-0 after five innings, with Bates junior righthander Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) dueling Pioneers junior pitcher Kaitlyn Foree. The Bobcats broke the tie with a solo run in the sixth inning -- sophomore Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on junior Monica Berube's (Plaistow, N.H.) RBI single. But Transylvania tied the game back up at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the frame.

The Bobcats exploded for nine runs on nine hits in the top of the seventh. Finn singled junior Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) home for the go-ahead run. Lewis followed with an RBI infield single that scored first-year pinch runner Alayna Garbarino (Reading, Mass.), and junior Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly that scored Finn.

Berube singled to center to score Lewis, and junior Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) followed with a two-run single to center for a 7-1 Bates lead. Talcott drove Dobish home with a single, and she scored Bates' ninth run on an error.

Transylvania rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Finn drew Michelle Ladanyi into hitting a fly ball to center field for the third out.

Bates collected 12 hits in the game, including 11 singles. Ullmann had the game's lone extra-base hit, a triple, and was 2-for-3. Berube was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, and Talcott was also 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Lewis scored twice and had one RBI, and Finn scored a run and drove in another.

Finn allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings on four hits and five walks, raising her record to 2-0.

Game 2 Recap: Bates 12, Knox 0

Box Score

Ullmann led an explosive offensive performance by Bates, going 3-for-3 including a double, scoring three runs and stealing two bases. The Bobcats racked up 10 hits in just four innings at the plate, and the game ended by mercy rule after sophomore pitcher Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) finished off her five-inning shutout by striking out the side in the top of the fifth. Gattuso allowed five hits and one walk while striking out six batters in the first shutout of her career.

Garbarino drove in three runs for Bates, while Dobish drove in two more and scored two. Lewis was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

The Bobcats scored five runs in the third for a 6-0 lead, then added six more runs in the fourth.

Bates wraps up its three-day, six-game trip to central Florida with a pair of games tomorrow morning: 9:30 a.m. against Western Connecticut State and 11:30 a.m. against Elmhurst College.